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    Looking for a Ring door lock? You want a Schlage.

    August 11, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020

    Ring door lock | Schlage

    When you combine a Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Ring video doorbells and cameras, you get the best security features that both have to offer so you focus on everyday life.

     

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    Just as you rely on your entire car – seatbelt, airbags, brakes – to keep you safe, you should be able to rely on your entire entryway – door, deadbolt, frame – to protect your home and family. That’s why, even though we make locks, Schlage encourages you to take every precaution and ensure your security fits your needs and lifestyle.

     

    You might think of a smart lock-security camera bundle as your home’s version of a front-collision warning system, which uses cameras, lasers and other technology to keep you safe while you focus on driving. When you combine a Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Ring video doorbells and cameras, you get the best security features that both have to offer so you focus on everyday life.

    Schlage Encode smart wifi deadbolt on front door with Ring video doorbell.

    What are the advantages of a home security camera?

    There are many advantages to installing a video doorbell or camera on your front door beyond peace of mind. Some of the tangible benefits include:

     

    • Make intruders think twice. Sometimes just seeing a camera will deter thieves from even attempting to enter your home, so make the camera obvious.

    • See who’s snooping. If someone does try to break in or steal a package, video footage of the event could help to identify the culprit.

    • Know when deliveries are made. Most of us have received a notification that a package was dropped off only for it to go MIA, either because the delivery wasn’t actually completed or porch pirates swiped it.

    • Know who’s in your home. See when your kids or service providers come and go.

    • Screen visitors. Whether you’re at work, don’t want your kids to answer the door for a stranger or are simply too comfortable to get off the couch, see who’s knocking without actually going to the door.

    • Improve resale value. A growing number of homebuyers are looking for smart home technology included in the deal.

    • Lower home insurance payments. Some companies will reduce your premium when you add security measures.

    Why should I trust my home to the Schlage Encode lock and Ring?

    Bundling your Schlage Encode deadbolt with a Ring camera or video doorbell lets you take advantage of the lock’s best features and then some. All Schlage products come backed with 100 years of experience in keeping your home secure. Add to that our limited lifetime warranty and you can be confident you’re getting the quality and durability you expect and need.

     

    It’s more than that, though. The Schlage Encode deadbolt offers greater levels of convenience from the minute you install it to the countless moments you use it every day. There’s no hardwiring needed during installation and because of its built-in WiFi, no hub is required for remote access. Check the lock’s status from anywhere, so you never have to worry or make a return trip home to doublecheck if your door is secure. Create and schedule up to 100 access codes so the people you trust most have access only when you want them to. And don’t forget about Alexa. Ask the voice assistant to lock and unlock your door (you’ll verify the unlock command with a PIN) and make the lock part of your favorite Alexa routine.

     

    Bring the Ring Video Doorbell into the mix by setting everything up via the Key by Amazon App and you put even greater security and convenience at your fingertips. Lock and unlock the door directly from the Live View of your camera in the Ring app. This is perfect for when you get held up in the office or at the airport and need to let a dog walker or babysitter in the house. Or maybe you want to unlock the door for a friend while you finish dinner in the kitchen.

     

    It’s not just about the “Ring door lock,” though. You also get the benefit of being part of the Ring community. With Ring’s range of devices and accessories, you can protect your home in more ways than just securing the front door. Consider adding compatible smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as well as flood and freeze detectors as part of your complete home security. There’s even a Ring Neighbors app that helps communities work together for a safer neighborhood.

     

    With this flexibility and customizable options, you can easily update your surveillance as your needs change. It’s the perfect way to build the right security system with only the features you want and trust. Plus, when you choose Schlage and Ring, you’re choosing two of the industry’s leaders in home security, doing exactly what they do best. Can you think of a better way to peace of mind?

     

    Learn more about the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and the devices it works with at Schlage.com. You can also find out more about the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt’s integration with Ring Alarm on our blog.

     

    What every parent needs to know about smart locks.

    July 24, 2020 9:29 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 24, 2020

    What every parent ought to know about smart locks | Schlage

    The school year brings all kinds of new situations for families, and a smart lock can help you navigate them.

     

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    It’s that time of year again. The kids are headed back to school, and whether you’re excited or sad about that, Schlage wants to make sure you’re as prepared for the first day as they are. The school year brings all kinds of new situations for families, and a smart lock can help you navigate them.
    Smart locks - Parenting - Schlage

    Keyless convenience

    No parent wants their kids to be locked out of the house, but maybe you aren’t ready to give them a key yet. They might be too young for a set of keys. Maybe they’re just forgetful. The keys, if they make it into your kids’ backpack in the first place, might fall out. With a lock like a Schlage smart lock, you won’t have to hide keys under the mat or worry that your kids are stuck outside until you get home from work.

     

    Keyless convenience is more than just your child using the lock’s keypad at the door, however. When you connect your Schlage smart lock to your home network, you can control your lock remotely from anywhere. Once after-school activities start, it probably seems like no one gets home at the same time. With people coming and going at all hours of the day, you can use your smartphone to unlock the door for trusted friends who might be dropping off your kids. Or if your child does lose a key or forgets their code, you can let them in with your smartphone then, too.

    Scheduling

    If you have babysitters or grandparents who come over to watch your kids after school, Schlage smart locks are perfect for them as well. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt holds up to 100 access codes, while the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt each hold up to 30. That means that everyone, from Junior to Grandma to the nanny can have their own unique code and you can track who accessed your home and when. More on that in a minute.

     

    When you assign codes to your kids’ caregivers, you can also set the codes to work on a certain schedule. For example, if you only want the babysitter to have access to your home between 3 and 6 p.m. during the week, you can schedule their code to be active only during those times.

    Peace of mind

    Every parent is going to worry about their kids. Schlage can’t stop that, but we can help make it better. With the Schlage Home app, which works exclusively with the Schlage Encode and Schlage Sense locks, you can monitor who uses their access code and when, right from your smartphone. Get push notifications when the code is used or check the activity log on your own time to see when your kids got home from school or practice. You’ll be thankful for that peace of mind when you don’t have to worry if they’re safe at home.

     

    If your kids are old enough to be going out with friends, you’re probably familiar with staying up until they get home. Or maybe you remember how many you broke curfew as a teenager. The Schlage Home app’s notifications are the perfect way to end those late nights waiting up on the couch worrying about your child or hoping for that “gotcha” moment.

     

    If you’re ready to ditch the keys and quit making copies that will end up in who knows whose hands, if you’re ready to control access to your home more securely and conveniently, what do you do? Start with our Get Help Deciding Tool to see how our smart locks work with the technology you already use at home. Ask us your questions on Twitter and Facebook. Then rest easy knowing your home is safe and easily accessible for your family with Schlage.

     

    10 things you can do with the Schlage Home app.

    July 23, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

    Schlage home app and dog | Schlage

    The free Schlage Home app for Apple iOS and Android is your “remote control”. Here's our list of the top 10 things you can do with it.

     

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    We’re turning 100! Over 10 weeks, Schlage is sharing its favorite top-10 lists. That’s 100 tips, ideas and moments of inspiration so you can enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage for another 100 years to come.

     

    Remote access from anywhere is many people’s favorite Schlage smart lock feature. To take advantage of that and be able to monitor and control your lock any time of day no matter where you are, you basically need two things: a WiFi connection and a smartphone app like the Schlage Home app.

     

    The free Schlage Home app for Apple iOS and Android is your “remote control” if you have a Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt or Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt. If you have a Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt, you will need to use one of our partners’ apps like the Nexia or Samsung SmartThings app.

     

    Now on to our top-10 list of things you can do with the Schlage Home app.

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    1. Get interactive instructions in the palm of your hand

    Installing a Schlage smart lock is pretty simple, but even we’ll admit that having a step-by-step guide is helpful. The Schlage Home app provides interactive instructions to make adding smart security to your home easier than ever.

    2. Check the status of your lock from anywhere

    Whether you’re already snug in bed or halfway to work, you might need to know if you remembered to lock the door. With the Schlage Home app, you can check the status of your lock from anywhere. And if you did forget to lock up before you left or settled in for the night …

    3. Lock or unlock your door from anywhere

    … you can lock or unlock your door with the push of a button in the Schlage Home app. Of course it adds major convenience when you’re away from home, but remote ability to lock or unlock the door can also give peace of mind in emergency situations. If you have an elderly relative who has trouble remembering to lock up, you can check the status and then switch the deadbolt from your phone when you’re in your own home miles way. Or if you live alone and take a fall, you can unlock the door for emergency responders, even when you can’t get up to let them in.

    4. Create and manage access codes on your smartphone

    The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt holds up to 100 unique access codes, and the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt saves up to 30. Using the app is a great way to create those codes for trusted individuals, program when the codes are active – like Wednesday afternoons only for the cleaning lady – and delete them when they’re no longer needed.

    5. Store codes securely

    When you create many access codes for different individuals, it can be difficult to keep track of those codes. The app can help you securely manage them so that you don’t have to write them down and hope no one finds your list.

    6. Check your battery

    All Schlage smart locks are battery operated, which is great during installation because there’s no hardwiring necessary. But how do you know when you need to replace the batteries? There are actually many ways, but one of them is in the app. You’ll receive a notification when your power is running low, so you have plenty of advanced warning.

    7. Know when your lock is used

    You have two ways to track who is using their access codes and when: the history log and push notifications. If you simply need to see a record of whose code was entered and at what time, the log is for you. For a more active approach, you can designate which codes you receive notifications for and receive an alert in the moment. It’s perfect if you want to be notified when the dog walker arrives or when a caregiver heads out for the day.

    8. Choose or update your settings

    When you install your lock for the first time or if you need to make adjustments as your life changes, the Schlage Home app is where you go to choose a variety of settings. Activate your alarm, change the length of time before your deadbolt will automatically lock, turn on one-touch locking and more, all in the app’s Settings menu.

    9. Confirm firmware updates

    You don’t have to replace your entire lock to take advantage of new technological developments. As long as your lock stays connected to your network, Schlage will push firmware updates to your deadbolt. If you want to verify that you have the latest updates or want to manually initiate those updates, you can do so in the Schlage Home app.

    10. Manage multiple locks

    If you love and trust Schlage smart locks enough to put them on multiple doors, the Schlage Home app can help you manage each of those locks all in one place. Enjoy any of the first nine points whether your locks are on the front door, the back, a vacation rental or all of the above.

    Learn more about the Schlage Home app at Schlage.com. If you’re still wondering which lock is right for your family, try out Get Help Deciding Tool. Just answer a few simple questions, and we’ll suggest which lock might the best fit for your lifestyle and the technology you like to use.

     

    6 best practices to keep your smart lock safe and secure.

    June 26, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 26, 2020

    Smart lock safety, security | Schlage

    Here are six best practices to ensure your smart lock is as safe and secure as possible.

     

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    Smart home technology is quickly rising in popularity as homeowners choose products and devices that not only make day-to-day activities more convenient, but also give them peace of mind. When it comes to outfitting your home with this technology, it pays to understand the steps you should take to enjoy the features and benefits to the fullest. Here are six best practices to ensure your smart lock is as safe and secure as possible.
    Schlage Encode wifi lock

    1. Choose a secure access code

    When choosing an access code for your smart lock, choose a combination that you are able to remember but cannot be easily guessed by others. Follow best practices for secure access codes: don’t have repeat numbers and use a long code instead of short. All three Schlage smart locks – Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt – accept codes from four to eight digits long. The length can be selected during lock setup.

     

    Keeping track of all the user codes you've set up and knowing whether or not you've deactivated outdated ones is key to keeping your lock secure. Keep track of these codes through the Schlage Home app or store your codes in a spreadsheet or notepad in a secure location.

    2. Keep an eye on the battery life

    Each of the Schlage smart locks gives a low battery warning well in advance of the battery dying. Low battery warnings can be found on the lock or in the Schlage Home app if you’ve paired it with your compatible deadbolt. While you'll have plenty of time to make the switch, it's important not to put this off too long to avoid being locked out.

    3. Find a home for the backup mechanical key

    In the event that your battery does die before you are able to change it, all of Schlage's smart locks come equipped with a reliable backup, such as a mechanical key or a 9V battery. Be sure to place these backups in a secure location that can be accessed when you need them.

    4. Lock your smartphone

    Whether you use the Schlage Home app to control your Schlage Encode or Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt or another compatible app for Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt, be sure to set up a pass code on your device. Smartphone apps allow you to lock and unlock your deadbolt from anywhere, so it’s important to keep them secure.

    5. Maintain a strong door

    No matter how smart your deadbolt is, if your door is warped or the jamb is cracked, you may not be as secure as you want to be. Periodically check that your door is in good condition. Find more front door essentials with this list of 10 must-haves for security and style.

    6. Leverage safety features

    Schlage’s smart locks come equipped with additional features designed to keep your home safe. Whether or not you choose to embrace remote connectivity in your lock, you can still take advantage of unique features such as built-in alarm technology and auto-lock. With the built-in alarm, you can set your deadbolt to alert you any time the lock is tampered with or a significant amount of force is applied to the door. With auto-lock, you can rest easy knowing your lock is set to automatically lock after a chosen period of time. No more worrying if you locked the door on your way out.

     

    For interactive instructions and tips for setting up each of these features, visit our FAQ section or check out our videos on YouTube.

     

    Smart home tech is changing how homes are sold

    May 28, 2020 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Smart home tech - Real Estate - Schlage

    Adding even a few smart home products is the single easiest way to boost your home’s value. Here's what you need to know before you buy or sell a home with smart home tech.

     

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    As home automation technologies become even smarter and more popular, their impact on home purchases has become even more evident. Adding even a few smart home products is the single easiest way to boost your home’s value, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and their 2018 Home Buyer And Generational Trend Report. It can increase your home’s value as much as 5%, the Consumer Electronics Association and the National Association of Home Builders found. And that’s just the beginning.
    Smart home tech - Real estate - Schlage

    Smart is in

    Smart home technologies are becoming more mainstream by the day. In fact, nearly 45% of all home owners expect to either buy or invest in smart home technology. More than half of prospective home sellers said they were planning to purchase home automation products specifically to sell their homes faster and for more money.

    Smart home tech - Millennial - Schlage

    Do the math

    Three out of four millennial homeowners said they’d be happy to pay between $1,500 and $4,000 to make their homes smarter. A $4,000 investment could increase your home’s asking price by 5% – not to mention turning your house into a smart home that provides additional convenience, security and enjoyment. And as smart technology grows and improves, there are so many ways to upgrade your home regardless of the size of your budget.

     

    With the largest generational group of home buyers being millennials – 37 percent in the NAR’s 2019 report – you can’t ignore the attraction of smart home technologies in appealing to this significant potential audience. In total, the smart home market is expected to reach close to $120 billion by 2020. As this wave crests, it’s sure to continue to sweep through the real estate industry, impacting home prices and influencing home buyers.

    A smart, affordable solution

    The NAR trend report revealed that home security was either somewhat or very important to more than 85% of those surveyed. It’s no wonder smart locks are the number one purchase consideration, followed by automated lighting and smart thermostats. Smart locks make your home attractive to prospective buyers, and they also provide peace of mind as realtors and others are going in and out of your home.

     

    Installing a smart lock on your front door is a simple and affordable first step toward making your home “smart.” Now, instead of leaving your door unlocked or hiding a key under a planter or in a fake rock, you can install a smart lock to keep your house secure. You can even use your smart phone to allow convenient access to those you trust. The Schlage Home app allows you to program new access codes into the lock, even setting schedules for when those codes can be used. And because you’re notified when codes are used, you can keep a better eye on who accesses your house.

    Schlage smart locks

    When it comes to choosing the smartest smart lock, you can count on Schlage. Schlage smart locks prove that strength, smarts and style are no longer mutually exclusive. In fact, the premium style of Schlage smart locks – with their variety of designs and finishes – will actually add curb appeal to your home, and that can improve your resale value.

    Smart home tech - Resale value - Schlage
    Schlage offers several smart locks from which to choose depending on the technology you already have in your home. The Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt is designed to work with either Z-Wave or Zigbee home automation hubs. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt allows easier home access using your smartphone via Bluetooth. And the new Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt connects directly to your home WiFi network, no additional hubs or accessories required. These are all reflective of a heritage of style and innovation that traces back to 1909 when company founder Walter Schlage first patented a door lock that also turned on a home’s lights.

    Is your home ready to sell? Have you thought about increasing the value of your new home by adding the latest smart home technologies? Visit Schlage for more helpful tips on ways to secure, beautify and make your home smarter with stylish, innovative door hardware that opens up a world of possibilities.

     

    Using smart home tech to sell your home.

     

    3 reasons smart locks are your best move when moving

    May 13, 2020 8:36 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020

    3 reasons smart locks are your best move when moving

    See how a smart lock can make your home more attractive to potential buyers and add convenience to the home selling process.

     

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    There are a lot of things to think about when putting your house up for sale. But have you considered getting a smart lock? Not only can it make your home more attractive to buyers, it can also provide peace of mind during the stressful process.

    1. People in and out of your home

    When you’re selling a home, people are coming and going constantly. Whether it is the realtor showing prospective buyers around or service providers coming to make repairs or clean, it’s impossible for you to be home every time someone needs to get in. Instead of leaving your door unlocked or leaving a key under a plant, a smart lock can keep your house secure while still allowing access to those you trust. You can use an app to program new access codes into the lock, even setting schedules for when those codes can be used. And because you’re notified when they are used, you can keep a better eye on who is in your house and when.

    Why smart locks are great when moving

    2. What buyers look for

    Smart home devices are becoming more in demand and expected for buyers. In a 2018 survey, Coldwell Banker Real Estate found that smart home devices and other technology are integral to helping homes sell faster and for more money. A vast majority of the survey’s respondents said they expect certain smart devices to be pre-installed before even moving in. Topping the list were smart thermostats (77%) and fire detectors (75%). Sixty-three percent of respondents expected smart locks to be pre-installed.

     

    And by the way, The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) found in 2018 that three out of four millennials – the largest generational group of home buyers – were willing to pay $1,500 to $4,000 to make their homes smarter. Think how that investment can pay off for you.

     

    Finally, as we move forward through 2020 and beyond, consider the idea that many people may be looking for touchless technology in greater numbers. Not only is it convenient for those times when your hands are full, but it can also be more sanitary when you’re trying to keep hands clean and germ-free.

    3. Curb appeal

    The first impression is sometimes the only impression when it comes to a potential buyer. While there are plenty of major upgrades that will increase your curb appeal, updating front door hardware is one of the easiest and most noticeable improvements you can make. Use the product selector to find the perfect door hardware for your home and refresh the front of your house in minutes.

    Smart locks increase curb appeal

    Have you already gone keyless or are ready to make the switch? Share with us on Instagram or Facebook why you are going keyless with Schlage or check out our Get Help Deciding Tool to see which smart lock works best for your home.

     

    Reclaim peace of mind with smart devices you already own.

    April 20, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey
    Boy playing outside with dog.

    Monday, April 20, 2020

    Boy playing outside with dog.

    It’s important to take care of our homes and families, and with the smart lock or other devices you already own, you can reclaim some peace of mind.

     

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    Whether you’re sheltering in place or selflessly serving your community as an essential employee – thank you to both groups – life during a global health pandemic is anything but normal. That doesn’t mean we need to be scared or living in a state of constant anxiety, however. It’s important to take care of our homes and families, and with the smart lock or other devices you already own, you can reclaim some peace of mind.
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    Smart locks

    Two Schlage smart lock features may be particularly helpful to you right now: keyless access and remote monitoring. With gyms closed and restrictions on where we can go, many of us are heading outdoors for exercise and healthy distraction. Whether you’re going for a walk with the dog or taking the kids on a bike ride, you might not want to carry house keys with you. An access code allows you to conveniently lock and unlock your door at the lock’s touchscreen without a key. Don’t worry about loading up your pockets or losing the key and not being able to get in touch with a locksmith.

     

    You can also monitor your smart lock through your smartphone when it’s connected to your home network. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt both have a built-in alarm. If there’s a disturbance at the door, you’ll receive a notification through the Schlage Home app, no matter where you are. Be sure your Schlage Sense lock is set up for remote access.

     

    If you want to receive a push notification or need to view an activity log when certain access codes are used, the app can do that as well. Use this feature with a lock on your own home or on a family member’s if they live elsewhere but have granted you access to their lock status.

    Mechanical and electronic locks

    This tip is as straight-forward as they come: Make sure you lock the doors. No matter what kind of lock you have, if you don’t use it, then it can’t keep your home safe. The same goes for windows, sliding patio doors and garage doors. And while you’re at it, find a better place for spare keys. That fake rock is not your friend.

    Video doorbells

    There’s been a serious uptick in home deliveries with people sheltering in place. If you have a video doorbell, you can see when your groceries or other orders are being delivered directly to your door. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 works with the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, so you can see who’s on your porch, then lock or unlock your door for trusted deliveries without coming to the door yourself.

    Motion-activated devices

    Make sure your motion-activated devices are working and in areas where you need them most. This can include cameras and outdoor lighting. Some prime locations are on your front porch and garage, near gates and back decks, and even inside your mailbox. Remember that well-lit areas frequently deter unwanted visitors from even attempting entry.

    Security systems

    If you already have a security system, make sure it’s turned on. You may want to activate it even when you’re in the house if it makes you feel safer or when you want to keep tabs on the kids if they’re prone to sneaking out the door. Take time to make sure you’re using all the appropriate features, too. Investigate options for connecting it to your smart home automation system or, if it’s monitored by an outside party, ask about additional services that might be available.

     

    While these tips might bring you greater peace of mind during this stressful time, they’re good everyday habits to develop regardless of the situation. If you’re wondering about other ways you can use your smart devices, check out these smart home tricks you might be missing. We also have some resources for creating a calming home and routines you can set to help keep your family healthy.

     

    How smart home technology increases the security of your home.

    April 6, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, April 6, 2020

    Smart home security | Schlage

    There are many ways smart home technology makes your home more secure, and as technology evolves, getting the right fit for you and your home is easier than ever.

     

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    Smart home technology isn't just for adding convenience or efficiency to your home. There's also the benefit of a greater peace of mind as you step up security. There are many ways smart home technology makes your home more secure, and as technology evolves, getting the right fit for you and your home is easier than ever.

     

    One of the great things about smart home security today is the ability to customize it based on your lifestyle and budget. Gone are the days when you had to rely on a company to install your system and pay them to monitor it for you. That’s still an option, of course. But if you’re comfortable monitoring your own system, current technology allows you to do just that by syncing your various devices – smart locks, lights, cameras, doorbells – to your smartphone, often through a smart hub. In this case, a home security company won’t alert authorities if it detects a threat, but you’ll receive a notification directly and can notify police or fire departments if necessary.

     

    Here are some of the ways smart is becoming synonymous with secure.

    Improve home security with smart home tech.

    1. Deter criminals

    Smart home technology can often turn criminals away before they even have a chance to breach your home. Visible cameras and motion-censored lights deter unwelcome guests looking for easy entry. Smart locks also ensure there's no spare key making it quick and easy for an intruder to get in the door. Smart indoor lighting and entertainment systems can be programmed to turn on at random times to make it appear as though someone is home.

    2. Check in

    Whether you're just a few miles away at work or halfway around the world on vacation, smart home systems often allow you to check in remotely. Pull up a live camera feed to see if anyone is lurking outside or check in on your smart lock to confirm it’s safely locked, all from your smartphone.

     

    Schlage smart locks are compatible with a variety of other smart devices, making it easier than ever to monitor your home from anywhere. Learn more about our recent integration between the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Ring Video Doorbell – and see what other smart systems our newest lock is compatible with – here.

    3. Receive alerts

    Greater security in the home also means knowing when any unusual activity occurs. With a connected smart lock and motion-activated sensors, you can program your home automation system to send you alerts any time someone attempts to gain access.

     

    Safety is not just about burglary, though. Many smart home systems can also detect and warn you in the event of fire or smoke, carbon monoxide, flooding and freezing. Depending on your security system – whether you’ve opted to have professional monitoring or do it yourself – the system might even alert emergency dispatch for you. If you’re asking, “I already have a smoke detector, so what’s the big deal?” consider that some of these monitoring systems can be so specific as to tell you if the fire is in the kids’ bedroom or the leak is in the guest bathroom.

     

    Does this sound like the solution for you? Check out the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus. It integrates seamlessly with Ring Alarm, which gives you many of those added security features.

    4. Control remotely

    We spend a lot of time on our phones. It’s time to use them for something meaningful. Did you already arrive at the office only to remember you didn't close the garage door? Smart garage door openers allow you to close it no matter where you are. Did you forget to leave a key for the maintenance man to enter? Simply use your smart lock app to create a new access code that can be deactivated as soon as he has left the home. That’s secure access at your fingertips.

     

    Smart home devices make it easy for homeowners to provide a safe and secure home for their families. No matter your budget or lifestyle, there's a variety of products that will help you gain greater peace of mind simply and conveniently.

     

    Schlage Encode™ Smart Deadbolt now works with Yonomi

    March 3, 2020 8:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020

    Schlage Encode Smart Deadbolt works with Yonomi Smart Home Routines

    The Schlage Encode lock is compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, Ring Doorbell, and now, plays seamlessly with Yonomi.

     

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    The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt is now part of the Plays with Yonomi device family, joining more than 130 connected products, including the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. Include your Schlage Encode WiFi lock in new or existing Routines on your Yonomi account. This compatibility is just the beginning when you want the next level in home automation. Learn more about how you can take advantage of Yonomi Routines with the Schlage Encode lock.
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    Welcome Home Routine

    Run your Welcome Home Routine at the end of the workday and make it even easier on yourself by using voice control to unlock the Schlage Encode deadbolt. It’s especially helpful when your hands are full of groceries, the kids’ sports gear and everything else the day threw at you.

     

    Your Welcome Home Routine could include the following actions:

     

    • Turn smart lights warm for all living room lights

    • Set living room temperature to 68 degrees with smart thermostat

    • Set Sonos speakers volume to 15%

    • Unlock the front door’s Schlage Encode deadbolt

     

    Devices you’ll need: Schlage Encode Lock, ecobee or Honeywell Thermostat, Sonos Speaker

    Leaving Home Routine

    When you’re rushing out the door in the morning, the last thing you want to worry about is if you remembered to lock the door. Automate the morning hustle even more by ensuring your smart lights are turned off as well.

     

    Your Leaving Home Routine could include the following actions:

     

    • Turn off all smart lights

    • Turn off Sonos speaker

    • Lock the front door’s Schlage Encode deadbolt

     

    Devices you’ll need: Schlage Encode Lock, Philips Hue or LIFX Bulb, Sonos Speaker

    Bedtime Routine

    Wind down for the night with this thorough checklist of power-down tasks.

     

    Your Bedtime Routine could include the following actions:

     

    • Turn off the TV when you already have the Activity set up on your Logitech Harmony Hub

    • Dim bedroom smart lights

    • Play white noise, a meditation playlist or Sonos “Bedtime” Favorite on your smart speaker

    • Lock the front door’s Schlage Encode deadbolt

     

    Devices you’ll need: Logitech Harmony Hub, Philips Hue or LIFX Bulb, Sonos Speaker, and Schlage Encode Lock

    Throw a Dinner Party

    Hosting a dinner party already has you juggling cooking, mingling with guests, pouring drinks and more. Let the Schlage Encode lock help automatically welcome friends and family.

     

    Your Dinner Party Routine could include the following actions:

     

    • Adjust lights for Dinner Party Lights Routine

    • Adjust smart thermostat to 72 degrees

    • Play your favorite party playlist on Sonos

    • Unlock the front door’s Schlage Encode deadbolt

     

    Still chopping vegetables in the kitchen when the first guests arrive? Just tell Alexa or Google Assistant to “turn on Dinner Party” and Yonomi will take care of the rest!

     

    Devices you’ll need: Schlage Encode Lock, Philips Hue or LIFX lights, Sonos Speaker, ecobee or Honeywell Thermostat

    The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt will add a new layer of convenience to your Routines while keeping you and your family safe and secure. You can even set up smart reorders through Amazon Dash Replenishment so you always have replacement batteries for the lock when needed. Learn more about the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and find where to buy here.

    This post first appeared on yonomi.co on March 3, 2020.

     

    Clever smart home tricks you might be missing.

    February 21, 2020 6:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 21, 2020

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    Never miss an opportunity to make your smart home smarter. Here are some features of common smart home devices you might not be using. You’ll wish you knew about them sooner.

     

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    How smart are your smart home devices? These electronics often do more than you realize. Sometimes they can be used in ways you hadn’t before imagined – although still within the limits of the warranty – giving you additional convenience, ease or security.

     

    Never miss an opportunity to make your smart home smarter. Here are some features of common smart home devices you might not be using. You’ll wish you knew about them sooner.

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    Make smart locks smarter

    There are so many ways a Schlage smart lock can help you secure your home, it can be easy to overlook some of the most convenient and beneficial features. If you have a Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt or the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, try creating a virtual key for guest access. This step-by-step guide shows you how to create a virtual key with the Schlage Home app. Once you send the invite, your guest will receive a link on their smartphone asking them to activate the virtual key. They will then be able to lock and unlock the door using the Schlage Home app on their smartphone.

     

    The virtual key is a great way to control who can do what with your lock. For example, you may want your spouse to have admin access so they can also manage user codes, but you don’t want your teen to be able to change those codes. A virtual key is ideal for the kids. They can get in the house without a physical key, and you’re still in control of your lock’s other features.

     

    Note that guest virtual keys can only be used within Bluetooth range the door (about 40 feet) and when the guest has their phone’s Bluetooth turned on. If you’re using the Schlage Sense lock with Apple HomeKit™, you will not be able to use Schlage virtual keys. You can reset your lock to factory settings and re-pair it using the Schlage system setup to use virtual keys. If you have HomeKit, learn how to share access with other iPhone users at Apple Support.

     

    How about a more basic trick? Try your Schlage smart lock somewhere other than your front door. They’re secure and stylish anywhere on your home, including side doors, the entry leading into the home from your garage or even a home office.

    Keep an eye on the action

    Our favorite alternatives for motion sensors are more about their location than their actual use. Originally intended to be placed near doors and windows, these cameras can also alert you when someone opens your mailbox. Install one inside the postal box and, if it’s compatible with your smartphone, receive a notification when the door opens. You’ll know whenever someone puts something in your mailbox … or takes something out.

     

    A motion-activated camera can also be placed behind valuables. Burglars will typically look for the big-ticket items in the house first. Focus your camera on those spots and protect whatever that most prized possession in your house is, even if it’s inside a closet or a file cabinet drawer.

     

    Need to know when a pet has wandered somewhere he shouldn’t? Place your camera near that room or entrance. If it also has two-way speakers, you can to tell Fido to get off the couch, even if you’re still at the office.

    Let your phone locate your lights

    A century ago, Walter Schlage earned a patent for a deadbolt that turned on a light when you unlocked the door. He figured that if you were entering a room, you’d also want to be able to see where you were going when you got in. Unfortunately, this invention didn’t take off, but the idea is alive and well today. One current version is controlling your home’s lights with geofencing.

     

    With the right compatible devices – smart lights, plugs or switches – you can have the lights turned on when you are within steps of your front door. The location detector in your phone signals that you are home, triggering a reaction that turns on the lights without you having to do a thing. Cnet.com has more details on how to automatically turn on your lights when you get home.

    Plug in to energy management

    Smart plugs are a simple and increasingly cost-effective way to turn a “dumb” device into a smart one. If you’re someone who chooses smart devices to make your home more green, look for a smart plug that also gives feedback about how much energy you’re using. The WeMo Insight Smart Plug works like any other, but it also sends real-time reports to your phone. You’ll receive energy usage data for whatever device is plugged into the WeMo.

     

    Remember that smart plugs aren’t just for lamps, either. Think outside the box. What devices do you use every day that could benefit from more smarts? What about your coffeemaker? A heated blanket? Something in the bathroom?

    Simplify climate control

    Thermostats tend to be a “set it and forget it” device, at least until the seasons change. For maximum comfort and energy savings, though, you might want to make it part of your smart home automation and routines. There’s the popular “vacation” routine, which can automatically change your home’s temperature, lock the doors and turn on a random light schedule to make the house appear lived in. But have you tried a “party” routine?

     

    When more people are in the house, for example during a holiday gathering, the guests’ extra body heat will help keep the house at a comfortable temperature, even if you turn down the furnace. So create that party routine and trigger a series of events – adjust the thermostat, start the music and set some mood lighting – with a single voice command or push of a button in an app.

     

    Different smart thermostats are compatible with different technologies and other smart devices. Be sure to do your research beforehand so that everything will work together as seamlessly as you want.

     

    If you’re wondering which smart locks are compatible with these devices or with the technology you already have in your home, try our Get Help Deciding Tool. Answer a few simple questions and we’ll recommend the Schlage smart lock that’s right for you and your lifestyle. You can also find more technology tips and tricks at Schlage.com/blog.

     

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